About Ricardo's Place

Five Generations of the Most Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Voted 2013 Best Taco and Best Salsa (People's Choice SJC Dispatch) 

Voted 2013 Best International Eating Place (People's Choice SJC Dispatch)

The success of Ricardo's Place or La Cocina de Ricardo is dedicated to the family tradition of excellence that began with Grandma Juana in Mixtlán, Jalisco, México. She was the main chef of her town and would prepare the food for small and large events, and devoted to making every occasion memorable. This tradition of thoughtfully prepared recipes was passed to Mamacita Alicia who brought all of this knowledge to Southern California some 40 years ago. Along with two brothers, Arnulfo and Mario, and eight children: Rosa, Raquel, Ricardo, Bertha, Estela, Alejandro, Belén and Minerva. Mamacita Alicia made the journey to Southern California and was ready to introduce her unique and flavorful culinary style to the growing community of Orange County.

Ricardo, the third oldest child and an entrepreneur since an early age, encouraged Mamacita Alicia to share her recipes with the Community of Orange. As an alumni of San Clemente HighSchool, Ricardo knew that the citizens of this once small town were in need of excellent and affordable Mexican cuisine. And Ricardo's Place was born, opening it's doors on April 16, 2003.

Almost 40 years later, the recipes that Mamacita Alicia brought to Southern California continue to remain as delicious as the day Grandma Juana created them back in Jalisco, México. The entire family is dedicated to maintain a clean establishment, the best, healthiest and most affordable Mexican food around. We thank you for your business and consider you an important part of our family tradition.


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